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Results 61–80 of 2338 for speaker:Mr Chris Pond

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Low-income Households (Weston-super-Mare) (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: In 2002–03, an estimated 65 per cent. of households in the South West had incomes below the national mean on the Before Housing Costs income measure, and 64 per cent. on the After Housing Costs measure. These estimates use the same definition of income used in the Households Below Average Income Series, which is sourced from the Family Resources Survey. It is not possible to provide robust...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Income Support (Tamworth) (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: 1,000 families with dependent children up to the age of 19 have been in receipt of income support for more than one year in Tamworth. Notes: 1. Sample taken in November 2004 2. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred and quoted in thousands. 3. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample and therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation. Source: DWP Information Directorate, 5 per cent....

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Fraud (17 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: pursuant to the reply, 6 December 2004, Official Report, c. 368W Up until April 2004, 283 local authority benefit fraud investigators had commenced but not completed the Professionalism in Security (PINS) training scheme and 1,557 had completed it.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Savings (17 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Information on individual accounts and savings outside of the range £1,500 to £20,000 is not available. The Family Resources Survey can provide estimates for Great Britain of adult savings held within benefit units. This information is presented in the following table: Percentage of benefit units Limit (£) Benefit units with savings above certain limits Above 5000 30 Above...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (16 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Doug Smith. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested. Letter from Doug Smith to Mr. Steve Webb, dated 16 March 2005 In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive. You asked...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (16 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: A non-resident parent is required to provide the Child Support Agency with a range of information including their income and employment details in order for a maintenance calculation to be made. Since January 2001 it has been a criminal offence if a person fails to provide information to the Child Support Agency when required to do so, or knowingly provides false information. This offence...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (16 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: We have no plans to make it mandatory for non resident parents to notify the Child Support Agency when they change their employment.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pensions (16 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The Department does not keep a central record of the number of lost application forms. However, between April 2004 and February 2005 the pension credit application line was contacted in 714 cases by customers who had not received their forms. Appropriate action is taken as soon as possible when the application line is informed that a customer has not received his or her form.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Statistics (16 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The majority of the Department's statistics are released quarterly on the internet and summarised in the DWP Statistical Summary. They are scheduled to be issued on the following dates in the coming year: 16 March 2005 15 June 2005 21 September 2005 21 December 2005 The Department's statisticians have recently completed a consultation about improvements to the data sources and coverage of...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Application Forms (14 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Application forms are widely available for the benefits administered by the Department for Work and Pensions in a variety of formats. The Pension Service is now primarily a telephone-based service and the main method for making applications for state pension and pension credit is by telephone. Staff complete application forms based on information provided by customers over the telephone and...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Offices (Weymouth) (14 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, David Anderson. He will write to the hon. Member. Letter from David Anderson to Mr. Stephen O'Brien, dated 14 March 2005 The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about what plans have been made for the future operation of benefits offices in Weymouth, with particular reference to...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefits (14 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: A customer for any of these benefits may express a need for immediate financial help any time during the new-claim process. The action to take will depend upon what stage the request is made. Where a benefit claim has been assessed and payment of benefit is due, the payment is issued immediately. If the request is made at First Contact Stage, wherever possible, an urgent appointment...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: EU Councils (14 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: I represented the UK at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council in Brussels on 3 March 2005. The main focus of business was preparation towards the Spring European Council. This took the form of a policy debate, based on a Presidency questionnaire and a Key Issues paper from the Employment and Social Protection Committees (EMCO and SPC), to finalise the ESPHCA...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Fuel Direct (14 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Information regarding the cost of running the Fuel Direct scheme is not available. Information regarding the number of customers included in the scheme is in the following table. DWP customers on Fuel Direct scheme -- Thousand August Electricity Gas Total 1995 57 172 229 1996 47 141 188 1997 43.3 126.4 169.7 1998 35.7 86.6 122.3 1999 29.2 56.8 86 2000...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Social Security Fraud (14 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: The information is in the following table. Benefit fraud investigations carried out by benefit offices in Weymouth Number 2001–02 598 2002–03 735 2003–04 811 Source: Fraud Information by Sector database

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Social Security Fraud (14 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: There are currently five benefit fraud investigators based in benefit offices in Weymouth. Staffing levels for 2005–06 have not yet been decided.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Targets (14 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: Our tough action against fraud and error is paying off for the taxpayer. We have reduced fraud and error in income support and jobseeker's allowance by 37 per cent., exceeding the original target of 33 per cent. by March 2004. This shows we are getting results in preventing, detecting and deterring fraud.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Targets (14 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Minister for Children, Young People and Families (Margaret Hodge) on 8 March 2005, Official Report, column 1784W.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Targets (14 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Minister for Children, Young People and Families (Margaret Hodge) on 8 March 2005, Official Report, columns 1785–86W.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Work-focused Interviews (14 Mar 2005)

Mr Chris Pond: holding answer 3 March 2005 The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, David Anderson. He will write to the hon. Member. Letter from David Anderson to Mr. Christopher Chope, dated 14 March 2005 The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about the target time for holding a Work Focused Interview (WFI) following an initial...


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